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May 19, 2009 / schulerbooks

Perseus Invites You to Submit for Book the Sequel!

Perseus Books is putting together a fun new project — a book of first sentences from yet-to-be-published sequels — and is inviting you to contribute your submissions at

What is a first sentence from a yet-to-be-published sequel, you ask? Well, it might be something like:

“It turned out not to be the worst of times at all — they got so much worse later.”– from A Tale of Three Cities by Charles Dickens


“I thought I could, I thought I could, but you know I just couldn’t: they haven’t improved the track bed in years, the signaling belongs in the 1950s, you try burning coal these days in urban areas and legally I’m not allowed to carry milk, toys, and a clown in the same open wagon anymore.” — from The Little Engine That Couldn’t (sequel to The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper)


“Call me, Ishmael!” — from Moby Dick’s Guide to Dating at Sea by Herman Melville

Your submission might get selected and be published in the book (in bookstores this June). Get creative! And feel free to share the link with any folks you think might be interested., follow them on Twitter (@BookSequel), or become their fan on Facebook, and contribute your next sentence!
We know our brilliant customers can answer the call!


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